When it hit shelves in 1991, the Nike Huarache introduced a radical new approach to containing the foot. The neoprene bootie and exoskeletal upper offered a snug feel and a deft balance between a constant hug and lace-based customization. Now, with the introduction of the Nike Adapt Huarache, those traits are augmented by Nike FitAdapt technology, an intelligent platform that updates and evolves along with the user. The latest iteration of FitAdapt allows for a wider array of personal preferences amid various environments and situations — a key revolution given the multi-purpose nature of contemporary lifestyle footwear.
The aesthetic of the Nike Adapt Huarache takes loose inspiration from its namesake. Branding is minimal and aquatic odes (the original neoprene bootie was derived from a water ski) define both colorways and the articulation of the new shoe’s outer shroud.
Above this layer sits exposed elements of the Nike FitAdapt lacing system. The technology, which is run from a midfoot motor, is controlled by a multi-faceted Nike Adapt app. With the app, wearers of the Nike Adapt Huarache are greeted by a universal login (consistent for all Nike FitAdapt product — current and future), a themed interface specific to the Huarache and a number of preset fit recommendations for foot type and activity. The functionality of the app can also be driven by Apple Watch and Siri, two advances that support on-the-go shifts.
This makes the Nike Adapt Huarache a double-barreled revolution. First, it brings a storied franchise into the future. Second, and most significant, it propels Nike FitAdapt into the fast-paced, quick-shifting world of the everyday athlete — offering the personalized comfort needed in, say, the sprint to catch the bus, before seamlessly shifting fit as you settle into an empty seat with a sigh of quiet relief.
A brief history of fit-focused Nike technologies
Pre Montreal: Stitchless, seamless toe construction
Bermuda: Variable-width lacing
Sock Racer: First alternate closure, first stretch upper
Air Huarache: Neoprene bootie, exoskelton
Footscape: Asymmetrical lacing, new anatomical last
Air Rift: Two adjustable Velcro straps, split toe
Nike Presto: Stretch mesh upper, midfoot cage
Nike Free: No heel counter, perforated upper for flex
Lunaracer: Initial Flywire collection for lightweight, targeted support
Flyknit Racer: One piece knit upper with targeted breathability, stretch and support
Flyease: Easy entry footwear system for every athlete
HyperAdapt 1.0: Electronic adaptive lacing
FastFit: Manual fit system that quickly secures and releases the foot